Thursday, 7 July 2016

So after some serious wool based activities, with Ma and Sis, I headed down to London to do a fantastic drawing course with my Pa. The course was with Ruth Eisenhart and part of the University of the Arts short course programme. You can find out more here.

We were an international bunch of students, I have to say it was great to be in an art college studio again. It felt like I did on my pre and foundation art courses. 

Change was/is afoot.  

So let me just give a bit of background - I realised that I was avoiding drawing and painting faces because I felt I had never learnt how to. I wanted to develop my confidence so that when I was life drawing, they were no longer images of headless figures!

I always thought... one day I'll learn how to do that, but seriously when is that far away day in the future? Now, is the time.

So I started the year, in my Saturday art class, copying pictures, photos and other artists work.

Here's a selection of them; before.





Monday, 16 May 2016

So there was Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Where I did a darning workshop with Tom of Holland. And I learnt a very important lesson, I'm pretty entry level when it comes to my knitting skills. Which is fine, plenty of things to learn!

           
                                

So April passed by and here we are in May. I haven't been resting on my laurels, indeed the Easter break was full to bursting with both creativity and family.

Starting more recently we went to Lisbon for the weekend and visited Cascias, Sintra and Cacilhas.


Saturday, 12 March 2016

I also made some snug wrist warmers for my longest and dearest friend. They are made from the softest wool; malabrigo. They were meant for her trip to Ireland but what with one thing and another they were delayed! Maybe next time X

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Some Saturday morning drawings.






I made a special gift for a special person, 2 linen napkins. We are often too busy to sit and enjoy food properly with our loved ones. I made these for them to celebrate their mealtimes.

There's a very helpful tutorial on Purl Bee's blog. Although not perfect I was very happy to have done such a good job, I liked adding the freestyle detail of the little napkin ring and button detail too.

I'm not very accomplished on the sewing machine but I really enjoy small scale projects and seeing my skills and confidence develop.






Wednesday, 17 February 2016

It's February!
I have: finished a pair of socks, enrolled on a portrait course at St Martins at Easter, booked tickets for the Edinburgh Yarn Fest 2016 (with little sista and mama) and finally after,could it even be more than a year, my pop knitting book.

More photos to follow, I have to say I'm really pleased with how this looks. It's just a swatch to practise and to use up some left over wool. Perfect Valentines day, a slight hangover, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore on the telly in Ghost

Life is good!